La­gos In­ter­na­tional Bad­minton Clas­sics Serves Off july 18

THISDAY - - GLOBAL SOCCER\\ OTHER SPORTS -

The 4th edi­tion of the La­gos In­ter­na­tional Bad­minton Clas­sics will kick off from July 1821 at the Mo­lade Okoya-Thomas Hall, Tes­lim Ba­lo­gun Sta­dium, Su­rulere.

The event is be­ing fa­cil­i­tated by the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment through the La­gos State Sports Com­mis­sion and or­gan­ised by the La­gos State Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion.

Win­ners of this year’s edi­tion will go home with more money as the prize money of the cham­pi­onship has been in­creased from $20,000 to $25,000.

No fewer than 22 coun­tries had reg­is­tered to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s edi­tion, amongst whom are Jor­dan, Egypt, Ger­many, Ghana, Is­rael, Ivory Coast, Benin Repub­lic, Czech Repub­lic, India, Malaysia and Nige­ria, the host coun­try, while 193 play­ers across the world would be com­pet­ing.

Sun­day, July 15, has been set aside as the ar­rival date, while a bad­minton um­pire course has also been fixed for July 16 through 18 at the Tes­lim Ba­lo­gun Sta­dium's Ad­min­is­tra­tion Con­fer­ence Room, while the tour­na­ment proper serves off on Wed­nes­day and ends with an elab­o­rate final cer­e­mony on Satur­day.

Chair­man of La­gos State Sports Com­mis­sion, Dr. Kweku Tan­doh, said the gov­ern­ment of La­gos State has made all ar­range­ments to en­sure a smooth or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Clas­sics. He dis­closed that the host state has 12 de­pend­able stars among the play­ers rep­re­sent­ing Nige­ria in the Clas­sics. Top among them are An­uoluwapo Opey­ori and God­win Olo­fua, ranked num­ber 1 and 3 re­spec­tively.

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